Dandelion Wine: A Novel (Mass Market)
Having read Fahrenheit 451 and a few other Bradbury stories in my time I was well aware of his prowess as a writer, but, to be honest, I was wholly unprepared for the wonder that is Dandelion Wine. Filled with gorgeous prose that begs to be memorized, it is a series of interconnected stories centering around the inhabitants of fictional Greentown, Illinois in the summer of 1928. I loved this book. It's the kind of book that makes you want to read everything that that author has ever written—and not just the one you were forced to read in high school.— Casey S.
The summer of '28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding—remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.
The only god living in Green Town, Illinois, that Douglas Spaulding knew of.
The facts about John Huff, aged twelve, are simple and soon stated.
• He could pathfind more trails than any Choctaw or Cherokee since time began.
• Could leap from the sky like a chimpanzee from a vine.
• Could live underwater two minutes and slide fifty yards downstream.
• Could hit baseballs into apple trees, knocking down harvests.
• Could jump six-foot orchard walls.
• Ran laughing.
• Sat easy.
• Was not a bully.
• Was kind.
• Knew the words to all the cowboy songs and would teach you if you asked.
• Knew the names of all the wild flowers and when the moon would rise or set and when the tides came in or out.
He was, in fact, the only god living in the whole of Green Town, Illinois, during the twentieth century that Douglas Spaulding knew of.
“[Ray] Bradbury is an authentic original.”—Time
About the Author
Ray Bradbury is America's foremost writer of science fiction and fantasy. Among his most popular adult books are Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Death is a Lonely Business. In addition, he has written several books for children, including Switch on the Night.
He lives in Los Angeles.
"Bradbury is an authentic original."—Time